Journalist Shot Dead in Northern Iraq

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Gunmen killed an Iraqi journalist working for a local newspaper Friday in northern Iraq, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on media staffers that have left scores dead in the past few years.

Khudr Younis al-Obaidi who worked for Al-Diwan newspaper, the mouthpiece of tribes in this northern region, was gunned down in the afternoon by several men in a car as he walked in the street, Col. Abdul-Karim al-Jubouri said.

Al-Obaidi’s killing was the second this year after Associated Press staffer Ahmed Hadi Naji was found shot in the back last week. His body was found six days after he was last seen by his family leaving for work.

An AP cameraman, Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah, also was shot to death by insurgents while covering clashes in Mosul in early December.

Before al-Obaidi’s death, the Committee to Protect Journalists had recorded 93 journalists and 37 media support workers killed since the war began in March 2003.

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